The kingdom of God is more than just a future paradise to which modern Christians look for their salvation. In his book The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, P. Schreiner defines the kingdom of God as: the king’s power, over the king’s people, in the king’s place(1). He goes on to explain that God’s purpose is to complete his kingdom, which;
- Started with the physical creation
- Was inaugurated by His Son on the cross (Daniel 2:31-45)
- Continues as a new creation by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
- Is established on earth for one thousand years at the return of Christ – the King of Kings
- Ultimately comes to earth, where God’s dwelling place will be
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Israel’s expectation about the tribulation also precedes an earthly kingdom and a final judgment. Let’s clarify the distinction of these as they’re applied to the faithful and unfaithful. The comparison is revealing.
As we continue to look at expectations about the tribulation we see a distinction between a righteous remnant in Israel and the those cutoff due to unbelief. This is a distinction we must understand if we’re to see the role of tribulation for both groups.
As we continue to look at expectations about the tribulation by Jewish scholars prior to the incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ, we see a contrast in the expectations of Jews for their Messiah. This contrast is stark and revealing.
When looking at two expectations about the tribulation by Jewish scholars prior to the incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can see an obvious correlation to Christ’s kingdom-building work for Jew and Gentile alike. This correlation is outlined for us by the Apostle Paul.
When considering the scope of the tribulation of the latter days, there are many directions one can take as to how to approach it. There is insight to be gained by understanding the perspective of Jewish authors of Late Second Temple Judaism regarding the tribulation, as they would communicate expectations for the coming Messiah, and impact how he was received by them.
Part of the answer lies within the question itself; to reveal to the world the Son of God whom they’ve rejected or have not seen. Yet it goes deeper than that. We’re probably certain from our expectations of judgment upon the disobedient and wicked, what the Lord intends for the world. But is that viewpoint a complete one? Let’s consider it from a broader context.
In this last article we look at the completed work of Yeshua the Christ and the kingdom he delivers to the Father.
In this article we continue by looking further into the work of Yeshua the Christ and his kingdom-building process after he returns to the earth.
In Ephesians 2, the author is drawing a distinction between two types of works; those that you can’t do, and those that you were called to do. This article takes a look at this distinction in more detail.
In this article we continue by looking briefly into the work of Yeshua the Christ and his kingdom-building process, beginning with the kingdom of the priests. There is a process to kingdom-building, and it begins with the King and High Priest, whose example and preeminence clear the way for those who will follow as heirs of the glory given by God the Father.
In this article we look at God’s redemptive work in Christ through the topical framework of the kingdom of God. To do this, we review Christ’s kingdom-building process through the ages with the nation of Israel and with those who were not a people – the Gentiles. What we find is that the hopes of Israel and those faithful in Christ appear to point to a common destination.
The difference between inheriting the Kingdom of God and dwelling in it is derived from noticing the various characteristics used to describe the kingdom throughout the Bible. In some cases, these references are clearly physical and of the earth, while others are clearly spiritual and of the heavenly realm. This article looks at these differences and connects them with the will of God and his work in Christ.
In addition to these articles, gain access to the detail of how God plans to conclude his work in Israel and the world during his earthly kingdom reign.
- The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, Patrick Schreiner (pg 18)
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